July 6, 2009 Subject:
Great new version of a classic show.
WOW this new version is almost perfect. I thought the other SBD was great, but there are no Zits on this one and I would reccommend it above the other source.
This is the only 4-set show I ever attended, and it was a mind blower.
Actually it was Bill Graham in the Reefer Plane at New Years. Kesey was on stage doing the Gong Bong and countdown at the time.
As far as I'm concerned this was the time they got it right. They had the guest performer open the show, instead of joining them for the final set.
It's nice to see the complete Joan Baez set here as well. I know that many don't like this part of the show, but as someone who was there, it was a unique way to kick off a show and we all had a lot of fun. There is some interesting stuff here, the two accapella (sp?) tunes are neat and the Tunisian Happy New Year, with Mickey playing a Tar (frame drum) is a real treat and the Boxer is a nice rendition as well. Having the complete set puts it into better respective as well and is an asset to this show.
This was the best time I ever had at a show. As you walked in the Auditorium, there was a floor mural dedicated to Truckin from the year before, when the floor had caved in due to the dancing during Truckin. Graham had a mini volleyball tourney going on before the show inside.
To me this show had everything, a killer song list, just about everything you could want to hear with some very sweet surprises. It seemed as if the boys conciously played all their new tunes during the previous nights. While they were still playing all the songs from Go To Heaven on a regular basis, the newest tune here is Shakedown which was already 2 albums and 2 years old, the next is Terrapin and everything else is pre '75. Jerry is right on from the first note to the end of the night, the mix is perfect, you can hear everyone just right and the whole band is tuned in for a truly incredible show. Opening up the 2nd set is one of the greatest versions of Shakedown you will find, 16+ minutes and some very inspired jamming, you'll also find a rare and great mid set Cold Rain, also a nice Big Boss Man (" I sure Go to barn at night!!)the only distraction of the set was Joan Baez singing overpowering harmony during Roses. Even Minglewood is inspired with Jerry pulling out all the atops during the solo.
The third set is epic. After Kesey spends about 6 minutes killing time andd conducting a "gong Bong" the countdown commences and the band powers into a nice rollicking Aiko (It was nice to see something other than Sugar Mag to kick off the Year). This was when Aiko was a fairly rare tune and had not been played to death, I think it was the 3rd time they played it all year. Aiko is followed by a truly inspired Playing >> Terrapin >> Playin sandwich ("Strategy was his strength, not "Didaster""). The Playin is unique and a top 10 version. There are two Dark Star licks, one at about 11 min when Brent plays a little lick, then right at the end where Bobby pulls out the same lick. At the end of Playin, it sounds to me as if the drummers were stepping up to go into their bit but Jerry starts the intro and we were treated to a virtually flawless Terrapin, back into Playin. The real treats, however, were left for after drums and the 4th set. It was reminiscent, both song list and playing, of a 70-72 jam. The space is long and inspired with Jerry absolutely taking the lead and flows effortlessly into a mean Other One > NFA.> Goin Down the Road, which warmed us up for a truly inspiring Dew that soared through the darkness, and perfectly ended the set, leaving us with anticipation for what might come.
When the boys came out again, I think many were expecting a long extended encore, but, man were we in for a surprise. The whole place erupted as Phil and Jerry broke out the intro to Dark Star. this is a fairly short Star, about 15.5 min, but quite inspired, with some very sweet leads and interplay with the band. Jerry is crisp throughout, the band is right there with him and this performanceis as close to flawless as you will ever hear for this song. into a rocking Bertha/Good love. The lowlight of the evening was Baby Blue, nicely played, but with Joan once agin providing overpowering, annoying harmonies.This show to me is the quintessential Dead show, great song selection, great musicianship and 4 sets.
Wow ! That really did it for me. Getting that high only a great show can give. It's a b-day show for me too. (Although I was 14 at the time, before I hit tour) Even listening to it in the funked up order had its merits. Finally, I'm home again: Inside the greatest show on Earth !
March 26, 2009 Subject:
That was kesey
Ken kesey was riding the reefer as father time...remember? And all the baloons dropped during Aiko Aiko...that was a stellar concert, Morning Dew was the best ever ...
August 30, 2008 Subject:
Front row center...
That is where I was standing for this monumental show! The giant joint passed a foot over my head at Midnight. I feared for my life right at that moment...The band went from multicolored holograms to dancing Skeletons right before my eyes! What an event! A new Years show with a killer set-list. Typical New Years playing, they get to party on New Years just like we do.
I remember the band making faces behind Joan's back during her "red, greens and yellows will turn your minds to jello" lyrics. Micky was thinking with the little head instead of the Deadhead...
Jerry was on another planet for the third set, the look on his face during Dark Star was something I'll never forget, he looked higher than me.
This was my 6th or 7th show of 250 to come and it certainly pushed me Furthur...
July 15, 2008 Subject:
Release the hounds, I mean the Sounds !!!!
Good God, This whole show is nuckin' futs. I am lucky enough to have my computer linked up to my home stereo (was able to make cassettes lol) and I listened to this whole show at a very good volume level. All I can say is thank you to all who were involved in getting this show on the archive! Virtually no hiss, pure crisp tones... Just what every show recording should sound like.
Early in my Dead Head days(86,87,88) I usually shunned listening to tapes of the band in the early 80s and late 70s because, to put it nicely most of the tapes circulating in my circles at that time sounded like s**t. I knew the band was on tap at that time thanks to DEAD SET and RECKONING, but I stuck to recent shows.
The first set is a total rocker! The second and third sets get a little more spacey... My highlights would have to be COLD RAIN AND SNOW, PLAYIN', DEW, and BERTHA.
Bob Weir, please reconsider your thoughts on SNBDs. This show deserves to be blasted through my car's speakers !!!!! (I don't have a cassette player in there.) 5 stars al around.
February 13, 2008 Subject:
Holy Shit, that has to be the lamest acoustic set I have ever heard. Skip it and do the rest of the show.
February 9, 2008 Subject: